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Vatinee Y. Bunya, MD

Vatinee Y. Bunya, MD Physician

Co-Director, Penn Dry Eye & Ocular Surface Center
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • Spanish
  • Thai

Dr. Bunya is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. Vatinee Y. Bunya

Research interests include dry eye research and Sjogren's syndrome

Clinical Specialties


  • Ophthalmology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Ophthalmology, 2007

Clinical Expertise:

  • Anterior Segment Surgery
  • Blepharitis
  • Comprehensive Ophthalmology
  • Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye)
  • Cornea and External Eye Disorders
  • Corneal Disorders
  • Corneal Transplant (Keratoplasty)
  • Corneal Ulcers
  • Dry Eyes
  • Eye Corneal Injuries
  • Eye Inflammation
  • Eye Microsurgery
  • Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)
  • Keratoprosthesis
  • Routine Eye Exam

Description of Clinical Expertise

Dr. Bunya is the Co-Director of the Penn Dry Eye & Ocular Surface Center. She cares for patients with dry eye, Sjogren's syndrome, and other disorders that affect the ocular surface.

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Superior Vision Benefit Mgmt, Inc (Block Vision)
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Scripps Mercy Hospital
Residency: Wills Eye Hospital
Fellowship: Wills Eye Hospital


American Academy of Ophthalmology, National Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, International Cornea Society, National Greater Philadelphia Ophthalmic Society (GPOS), Local Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS), International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Bunya is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Dr. Bunya has extensive experience in the study of dry eye and diseases that affect the ocular surface and eyelids. She also has a special interest in the study of Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that classically causes dry eye and dry mouth. Dr. Bunya has been the principal investigator for several dry eye clinical trials. She currently is working to develop better ways to measure dry eye and to screen patients for Sjogren's syndrome.

Key Words
Dry eye, Sjogren's syndrome, meibomian gland dysfunction

Selected Publications:

Bunya VY, Bhosai SJ, Heidenreich AM, Kitagawa K, Larkin GB, Lietman TM, Gaynor BD, Akpek EK, Massaro-Giordano M, Srinivasan M, Porco TC, Whitcher JP, Shiboski SC, Criswell LA, Shiboski CH; SICCA study group: Association of dry eye tests with extra-ocular signs among 3,514 participants in the Sjögren's Syndrome International Registry. Am J Ophthalmol : 2016.

Rose-Nussbaumer J, Lietman TM, Shiboski CH, Shiboski SC, Bunya VY, Akpek EK, Srinivasan M, Mascarenhas J, Massaro-Giordano G, McNamara NA, Whitcher JP, Gaynor BD; Sjögren's International Collaborative Clinical Alliance Research Groups: Inter-grader agreement of the ocular staining score among ophthalmologists assessing study participants from the Sjogren's International Clinical Collaborative Alliance(SICCA) registry. American Journal of Ophthalmology 160 (6): 1150-53,2015.

Foulks GN, Bunya VY, Hammitt KM, Nichols KK, Pflugfelder SC, and Vivino FB: Improving Diagnosis and Outcomes of Sjogren's Disease Through Targeting Dry Eye Patients Ocular Surface 13 (45): S1-S33,2015.

Bunya VY, Fuerst NM, Pistilli M, McCabe BE, Salvo R, Macchi I, Ying GS, Massaro-Giordano M: Variability of tear osmolarity in patients with dry eye. JAMA Ophthalmology 133 (6): 662-7,2015.

Fuerst N, Langelier N, Massaro-Giordano M, Pistilli M, Stasi K, Burns C, Cardillo S, and Bunya VY: Tear osmolarity and dry eye symptoms in diabetics. Clinical Ophthalmology 8 : 507-15,2014.

Bunya VY1, Brainard DH, Daniel E, Massaro-Giordano M, Nyberg W, Windsor EA, Pearson DJ, Huang J, Maguire MG, Stone RA.: Assessment of Signs of Anterior Blepharitis Using Standardized Color Photographs Cornea 32 (11): 1475-82,2013.

Bunya VY, Langelier N, Chen S, Pistilli M, Vivino FB, Massaro-Giordano M.: Tear Osmolarity in Sjogren's Syndrome Cornea 32 (7): 922-7,2013.

Chen S, Massaro-Giordano G, Pistilli M, Schreiber C, Bunya V: Tear Osmolarity and Dry Eye Symptoms in Women Using Oral Contraception and Contact Lenses. Cornea 32 (4): 423-8,2013.

Lam A, Bunya VY, Piltz-Seymour JR: Cardiovascular risk factors and events in glaucoma patients with peripapillary focal arteriolar narrowing Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavica 84 (1): 69-73,2006.

Lam A, Bunya V, Piltz-Seymour JR: Visual field loss in patients with glaucoma who have asymmetric peripapillary focal arteriolar narrowing Archives of Ophthalmology 120 (11): 1494-7,2002.

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Academic Contact Info

Scheie Eye Institute
51 North 39th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Patient appointments: 800-789-PENN (7366)

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